St. Sophia’s Greek Fest runs Friday to Sunday

ALBANY — At Albany’s St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church annual festival this weekend, attendees can eat delicious food, knowing those calories support great causes.

St. Sophia’s energetic congregation supports community in many ways. It hosts homeless families via Family Promise when it transforms its church into a safe home with congregants offering suppers, breakfasts and comforting conversation. 

The church is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and Friday, Saturday and Sunday mark the 50th anniversary of the popular festival, complete with Greek dishes, dancing, music and shopping (20 local vendors) at 440 Whitehall Road.

Yes, there will be nutty, honeyed baklava, souvlaki and gyros galore, almond-flavored butter cookies and Finikia (honey dipped spiced cookies sprinkled with finely chopped nuts). All your favorite Greek dishes will be there, from spanakopita (spinach, feta filled pastry) and moussaka to roast chicken flavored with oregano and roast spring lamb seasoned with garlic and rosemary. There are special treats including Greek coffee, Greek wine and a baklava sundae.

There’s also eye candy for the soul — free tours of the church’s sanctuary with shimmering icons and frescoes.

Greekfest hours are 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 each day; children 12 and younger get in free.

The weather forecast for all three days is lower- to mid-80. There are tents for outdoor dining and tables indoors.

Parking is available at the Center for the Disability Services at 314 S. Manning Blvd., across the street from St. Peter’s Hospital, with a free shuttle to and from the festival. For more information, call 518-489-4442.

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